Brewed by Labatt Breweries (AB InBev)
Style: Pale Lager
London, Canada


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
John Labatt Classic was introduced in 1983 as Canada’s only national domestic “premium beer”. It is Krausen-brewed (slow, low temperature with a secondary fermentation process) and has a longer cold-aging process. Classic uses all-malt and a unique blend of western-grown North American hops, providing a smooth, full flavour product with a true malt taste that is slightly sweet. Editor's Note: Is this only available in the US?

Drjohnrock's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drjohnrock (680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2007
11.5 ounce bottle from variety "John Labatt Heritage Pack" bought from Biggs. Clear yellow color, unpleasant wet grass/musty aroma, small but lasting head with minimal lacing, light to moderate bittersweet flavor with somewhat of a hop bite. The flavor of this beer was much better than the aroma would have led me to believe, and it’s better than Labatt Blue, but I can’t help but wonder if this was a little old. I hope the beer distributor that services Biggs isn’t palming off its old stock there--I recently saw some Abita Amber there which was well past its expiration date, and it hadn’t been on the shelves that long. I applaud Biggs for bringing in a much better beer selection than most of the other chain grocery stores in the area, but someone at Biggs needs to keep a better eye on things.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (3430) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a fast rising carbonation trying to fill a rapidly dieing bubbly head. There was barely any lacing. The smell had some cooked corn. The taste was sweet through the cooked corn. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. It comes across fairly smooth and crisp. Overall, nothing wrong and there’s nothing really out there that makes this one stand out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
exeter (490) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
The taste is very average. Nothing really stands out and there is no real unique characteristic to the taste. There is no apparent initial taste but there is a mildly malty after taste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
zimbo (866) - SCOTLAND - NOV 30, 2012
Meant to be more sophisticated and refined compared to other labatt products (is that really possible?) but to me the palate is slight but still angular enough to recreate the liquid form od a stale cigarette butt. Pretty unpleasant really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
reebtogi (5402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
341ml bottle pours a pale golden color with a 2 finger white head that dissipated almost immediately. Aroma is light grains and hops. Taste is light malty sweetness with a modest hop bitterness that finishes clean. Light to medium body and pleasant carbonation. Slightly above average for a macro lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
retinadoc (209) - - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Medium carbonation. Slightly fruity aroma and flavor. One of the better Canadian lagers. Clean finish. I’d buy it if my faves weren’t available that night.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
rodenbach99 (4019) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bouteille de 341ml. Bière blonde dorée pâle, un peu de mousse blanche, nez classique des bières canadiennes, un peu de malt et de houblon mais très peu. En bouche la bière est désaltérente, fraiche, ordinaire. Mince en bouche.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle: Pours a clear yellow gold with light head. The nose is malty with some sweetness and husk. Nothing in the hop department. Thin flavor with a snappy biscuity tail. A little sweet in the finish like a non-alcohol lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigBeer45 (1395) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Had a couple of bottles at my In-Laws, pours a clear light gold with a foamy white head, faint malt aroma and some malt bread sweetness, light malt flavor and little hop bite, a little better than the regular Labatt Blue, nice for a Summer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 12-pack. Pours a light straw-colored translucent body with a short-lived half-inch white head. Smells sweet, slightly vegetal. Tastes vegetal, sweet, hints of bread. Very light thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. While initially unimpressive, this beer grows on you as you drink it. Nothing special, for sure not the best example of the style, but an easy-drinker and I wouldn’t refuse it if it were given to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredthecat (318) - CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
this is about a decade old.. but yeah im drinking it.. it smells extremely malty. colour is amber with no head. taste is very dry, a little alcoholic, metallic, grainy, malty. its thin but not in a horrible way. i hope its safe to drink this.. but i dont think so

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 15

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50